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In 10 Things Jesus Never Said, Davis unmasks commonly believed myths about our relationship with God and shows readers how to replace this pervasive theology of failure with the truth of how Jesus really feels about them. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help small groups or individuals apply these truths to their current situations. Anyone who has ever felt that they didn't measure up to God's standards will love this freeing exploration of grace and forgiveness.
"Will Davis has nailed it. He has identified the most common lies that keep people from experiencing true freedom in Christ and has replaced them with the truth. I was in shock when I saw that some of those lies had crept into my own mind. Thank you, Will, for putting us all back on the solid ground of grace-filled truth!" -Tim Liston, senior pastor, New Hope Church, Manvel, Texas
"We found ourselves smiling with relief as we read the pages of 10 Things Jesus Never Said. With stunning simplicity, Will Davis diffuses debilitating, unfounded guilt, inviting us to enjoy God with newfound trust and empowering truth." -Bob and Audrey Meisner, television hosts, It's a New Day; bestselling authors, Marriage Under Cover
"Will Davis has a special ability to share incredibly profound insights in a way that makes you believe he's walking beside you on a journey and knows exactly how you feel. There is not an honest person alive who hasn't struggled with the mistruths outlined in this book. The freedom you will find as you read many change your life forever!" -Ryan Rush, senior pastor, Bannockburn Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
"This is Will Davis Jr.'s best book yet. You are about to be humbled, dismantled, and brought face-to-face with the misbeliefs that have stood between you and the most beautiful love that has ever been known. Be ready to fall on your face and into his arms and feel the divine lightness of his cross on your shoulders. Know this love. Nothing else matters." -Nancy Turner, host, This Is the Day, Moody Radio
With this as the foundation, Davis continues into Part 2, "Things Jesus Never Said," by combating these lies: You're too far gone to be saved. I'm disappointed in you. This wouldn't be happening if you were a better Christian. It's okay not to love certain people. Everyone should believe and act the way you do. It's all up to you. You don't have to forgive someone who really hurts you. You missed My will for your life. I've given up on you. This is a cross you must bear.
Davis also gives readers a bonus chapter about divorce, and he concludes the book reminding his readers of Matthew 11:29-30: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Each chapter begins with an anecdote, exposes a specific lie, reveals the truth, and then elaborates on the truth by providing "Exhibit A" in the form of a lesson either from the Bible or from Davis's own experiences in counseling people today. Each chapter concludes with seven to ten discussion questions tailored to a small group or an individual to help apply the truths learned in the chapter.
Will Davis earned his doctor of ministry degree from Southwestern Seminary and is the founding pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is also the author of Pray Big and Why Faith Makes Sense. In 10 Things Jesus Never Said, he takes readers through common lies Christians believe and brings hope and inspiration (as well as gentle admonishment) through the lens of grace. He uses Philippians 1:6 to remind his readers that salvation is a process and that "no one is ever completely sanctified until getting get to heaven." He mentions wine and bread in communion. He believes that "it is impossible for Christians to lose their salvation," and explains this stance in some detail in the chapter titled, "I've Given Up on You."
Even if you dont hold to his exact theology, Davis still has true and worthwhile issues to explore, lies to combat, and truths to explain. His writing is entertaining and informative, encouraging and instructive, and is for all who are seeking a relationship with God but are stunted by a guilt they cannot seem to banish. Says Davis, "If you've ever felt you didnt measure up to Gods standards, it's time to stop believing the lies and start believing the things Jesus really did say!" Stephanie Warner, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Worth ReadingSeptember 3, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5In our information saturated society, we come to believe that certian popular idea's are in the bible when they are not. In this book the author takes ten popular ideas that have made there way into the mainstream theology and he dispproves that Jesus ever said them. Our enemy Satan is a master of lies and has thousands of years of studying the human race and he knows just how to twist God's word just enough to make us doubt God's goodness for us.
Two of my favorite chapters were:
#4-This wouldn't happen if you were a better Christian deals with the lie that if you were better, doing better, thinking better, being better than the bad thing that you are going through wouldn't be happening, when the truth of the matter is that God sometimes allows trails into our life's to help build our characters and also just because we live in a broken world and bad things are going to just happen because of this fact.
Chapter # 9 titled: You missed My will for your life. This chapter deals with the lie that because we have sinned, we have missed God's will for our lives. But the fact of the matter is that God's grace and mercy are new every day. He knew before we were ever born just how and how far we will fall. All the good and bad make us who we are and the fact is that because of these things we each are own unique and will have our own distinctive ministries.
The author also includes a chapter on divorce, but no matter what you believe on divorce this chapter is well worth reading. It is titled under the appendix section.
The book is 208 pages so it is not a long book, so a reader can get through this book in a reasonable amount of time.
No matter how long you have been a Christian, I would highly recommend this book. I would also recommend reading this book with your bible nearby.
Maria Poorman5 Stars Out Of 5July 31, 2013Maria PoormanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was reading this book and 2 co-workers were super curious of its content based on the tittle. So I got them each one. Great testimony and great information for non-believers.
ReaderRock Spring, GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 7, 2013ReaderRock Spring, GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think this book reveals what a true christian should look like. A life that's not about me but, what Jesus can do thru me.
RonnieAge: Over 655 Stars Out Of 5Good salvation messageAugust 13, 2012RonnieAge: Over 65Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book that can be recommended to both the believer and non-believer. Has a good first chapter salvation message.
DebiDayton, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great for small groupsOctober 21, 2011DebiDayton, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are studying this in my women's small group and so far everyone loves it. We rarely have to even glance at the questions in the back, because the material itself generates enough discussion.